Frequently Asked Questions
Who We Are
Blue School provides dynamically balanced education for seriously curious young people age 2 through grade 8. Every day at Blue School, masterful teachers balance opportunities to expand students’ academic mastery, creative thinking, and self and social intelligence, leaving no essential aspect of your child’s education to chance. Some of our methods have been around for centuries. Others spring from the latest breakthroughs in science and education. All draw upon the creative, animating spark of our Blue Man DNA. Blue School transforms serious curiosity into inspired learning and prepares every child to take on the role of protagonist in his or her own life, ready and eager to approach the blank canvas of the unknowable future.
The Blue School Pre-primary and Primary (age 2 - grade 3) building is located at 241 Water Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip in the South Street Seaport neighborhood of Downtown NYC.
Blue School's Upper-primary and Middle School (grade 4 - grade 8) building is located at 156 William Street in the Financial District in Downtown NYC.
Both buildings are easily accessible by the 2/3/A/C/4/5/J/Z trains to Fulton Street, the 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge and the E train to World Trade Center. Many of our Brooklyn families also travel by the East River Ferry to Wall Street Pier 11.
Blue School enrolls approximately 300 students ranging from early childhood (age 2) through grade 8.
Our student-teacher ratio is between 5:1 and 9:1 depending on age/grade. Average class sizes are 13 in the pre-primary program (age 2-4), 15 in the primary program (grade K-5), and 20 in the middle school.
As of 2017, Blue School is a fully accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools ( NYSAIS ).
Where do Blue School families live?
Blue School families live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. Our home in the South Street Seaport is easily accessible by subway and ferry.
How can I visit Blue School?
We invite all interested families to visit Blue School for an admissions tour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please visit Blue School's page on Ravenna to create an account and sign up for a school tour.
How old must my child be to apply to Blue School?
Program Age Requirements. Please note, children must reach program age requirements by September 1 of the program year for which they are applying.
How can I start the application process?
Blue School is using Ravenna, a web-based application, for all steps of the admissions process. Please visit Ravenna HUB to create an account and begin your application. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be received by December 1, 2019. If you are interested in applying for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact the admissions office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.228.6341.
Does Blue School offer tuition assistance?
Yes, Blue School offers tuition assistance for students entering full-day 4/5s through Middle School. We make every effort to meet the financial needs of qualified applicants. Applications for Tuition Assistance are due on December 15, 2019. Visit our Tuition and Tuition Assistance page for more information.
What is Blue School’s tuition?
Does Blue School have an after school program?
Yes. Blue School offers an extended day program until 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday. We also have a robust offering of after school classes and summer camps.